Five science departments at Hope College hold grants for summer student research from the National Science Foundation's "Research Experiences for Undergraduates" (NSF-REU) program.
The departments of biology, chemistry, computer
science, mathematics and physics all hold NSF-REU grants.
It is the seventh consecutive year that at least four Hope
departments have done so.
Through the grants, undergraduate students from
both Hope and elsewhere are conducting research on a full-
time basis with Hope faculty members for 10 to 11 weeks this
summer, and are receiving stipends as well as support for
summer housing, travel and other expenses. They are with
students whose summer research at Hope is supported in other
The department of biology's grant is supporting 11
students working with nine faculty members for 10 weeks.
Some of the department's projects include calcium and water
regulation in animals, use of fruits by birds for medicinal
purposes and control of swimmer's itch. The five-year,
$250,000 grant is being administered by Dr. David Netzly,
associate professor of biology.
The department of chemistry's grant is supporting
eight students working with 11 faculty for up to 10 weeks.
The 10 projects include PIXE (Particle-Induced X-ray
Emission) analysis of environmental samples, synthesis of
Poly propellanes and studies of atmospheric compounds. The
three-year, $114,900 grant is being administered by Dr.
Stephen Taylor, professor of chemistry, and Dr. William S.
Mungall, who is the Elmer E. Hartgerink Professor of
The department of computer science's grant is
supporting eight students working with four faculty for 10
weeks. The six projects include "Algorithm and Code
Animations on the Web," "Concurrency Anomaly Prevention
using POSIX Threads," "Exploring Dynamic Web Page
Implementations," "Visualization of Function Calls and
Execution," "Linking Program Implementations to Original
Specifications" and "Java Interactive Environment." The
three-year, $146,700 grant is being administered by Dr.
Herbert Dershem, professor of computer science and chair of
The department of mathematics's grant is
supporting six students working with three faculty members
for eight weeks. The projects are in "non-commutative
geometries," "computations in semi-group rings" and
"automatic geometric theorem proving with associated algebra
varieties." The $30,000 grant for 1998 is being
administered by Dr. Tim Pennings, associate professor of
mathematics and chair of the department.
The department of physics's grant is supporting 10
students working with eight faculty for 10 weeks. The seven
projects include "Nuclear Reaction Studies," "Relativistic
Effects in Pulsars," "Modeling Nuclei Under Extreme
Conditions," "Biomechanical Analysis of Human Movement" and
"Numerical Modeling of Fracture." The three-year, $120,000
grant is being administered by Dr. Paul DeYoung, professor
of physics and chair of the department.